STATEMENT: High Court Ruling Erodes Separation of Church and State, CAP’s Maggie Siddiqi Says

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that taxpayer funds can be used to help students attend religious schools. In response, Maggie Siddiqi, director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

The Supreme Court should not force taxpayers to subsidize religious school education, directly or indirectly. Today’s ruling erodes the constitutional separation of church and state that has long prevented government from funding the exercise of religion. This is a clear violation of the religious freedom of all taxpayers, who may now be compelled to support religious schools within traditions they do not follow. Today’s ruling underscores yet another reason why public funds must be used for public schools.

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